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From fruity to chocolatey and everything in between, Australia’s best supermarket hot cross buns have been revealed, just in time to stock up for Easter.

Each year the lucky crew at CHOICE taste test hot cross buns served up by supermarkets across Australia, and this year 23 different buns were put through their paces. Traditional fruit, chocolate, and apple and cinnamon buns were tested from Coles, Woolworths, IGA, Aldi, Bakers Delight, and Costco.

Coming out top of the pops in 2022 … drum roll please … Woolworths’ traditional hot cross bun.

“Woolworths scored first place in the traditional fruit category of our hot cross bun taste testing. Their Luxurious Richly Fruited Hot Cross Buns received a score of 84%, and was praised by our experts for its flavour and plump fruit,” said CHOICE Editor, Marg Rafferty.

“Our experts blind taste test all the hot cross bun samples in the CHOICE kitchen. Each of the buns are given a CHOICE Expert Rating, which is calculated by assessing flavour, appearance, aroma, and texture,” explained Marg.

Australia’s Top Hot Cross Buns 2022

Here’s how each supermarket hot cross bun fared in taste testing by CHOICE.

Best traditional hot cross buns

1. Woolworths Luxurious Richly Fruited Hot Cross Buns

Woolworths Hot Cross Buns
CHOICE Expert Rating: 84%
Price: $1.13 per bun
“These Woolworths buns have a soft texture and a good flavour. They’re filled with lots of plump fruit, and have the highest fruit content out of all the hot cross buns we tested,” said Marg.

2. Aldi Bakers Life Indulgent Traditional Fruit

Best Supermarket Hot Cross Buns
CHOICE Expert Rating: 73%
Price: $0.75 per bun
“These traditional fruit buns from Aldi are large and dense, with a mild spice flavour and a good amount of fruit,” said Marg.

3. Woolworths Indulgent Brioche Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Australia's Best Hot Cross Buns
CHOICE Expert Rating: 72%
Price: $0.75 per bun
“Our experts liked how lovely and soft this Woolworths brioche bun is. It looks good visually, with a light glaze and a thinly piped cross,” said Marg.

Best chocolate hot cross buns

1. Aldi Bakers Life Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Best Supermarket Hot Cross Buns
CHOICE Expert Rating: 73%
Price: $0.50 per bun
“The chocolate Aldi buns were the cheapest buns in our test, along with the traditional Aldi fruit hot cross buns. Our experts noted that they have a chocolate-y dough and a slight chocolate bourbon flavour,” said Marg.

Best Hot Cross Bun Recipe

2. Coles Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Best Supermarket Hot Cross Buns
CHOICE Expert Rating: 71%
Price: $0.58 per bun
“These buns are made up of 25% milk chocolate chips, and they’re the most chocolate-y of the buns we tested. They have a mudcake aroma and a very light texture,” said Marg.

Best apple & cinnamon hot cross bun

1. Woolworths Indulgent Apple & Cinnamon

Best Supermarket Hot Cross Buns
CHOICE Expert Rating: 72%
Price: $0.88 per bun

“Our experts praised the Woolworths apple and cinnamon buns for their nice colour and good shape. They’re soft and have a buttery flavour,” said Marg.

What’s your favourite supermarket hot cross bun? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • We only bought Coles double chocolate and they were amazing.

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  • I love all hot cross buns, except the fruitless ones! They feel oh so wrong!!!

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  • Yum! I am definitely having some this weekend. I ordered the traditional ones from Woolworths!

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  • I love the fruit ones so long as they dont have orange peel!

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  • The Woolworths ones for me. The fruit in the Coles ones are gritty in texture.

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  • I like the original fruit ones, but they are very hard to resist, so I don’t even let them in the house !

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  • The best ones are the ones you make at home with your kids!

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  • I make my own (which taste just like supermarket ones) and buy some. Apple and cinnamon ones are lovely.

    A bakery near us are currently selling choc mint ones

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  • I love hot cross buns. Coles have a pack of mini buns. Good so you don’t have too much to eat.

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  • I have never tried. Just checked yesterday at Bakers delight and thankfully they do have vegan ones. Will be buying for kids so they know what is Hot cross buns!!

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  • The most I would ever eat would be one so I won’t be buying any of these packets of them. Thanks for letting us know, though.

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  • I love the Woolworths ones. I buy the original fruit ones but also a packet of the fruitless ones for me. I can’t eat the ones with fruit in any and that comes from when I was little. I was given one that had been toasted but the stems hadn’t been taken off some of the fruit which made me choke and since then I’ll gag if I eat anything that contains dried fruit.

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  • I’ve only tried the Coles original so far and we like them.

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  • I love Hot Cross Buns. More the sweet ones though.

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  • So far I’m loving Coles sticky date and jalapeno and cheese. Banjo’s nutrients Nutella ones are also awesome!

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